• Beyond the Baton: Yannick J. Fox

    In preparation for Carnegie Hall's 2013–2014 Opening Night Gala on October 2, we invite you to go Beyond the Baton with The Philadelphia Orchestra's Music Director and Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin. We'll continue to share selections from The Philadelphia Orchestra's fun and insightful Q&A series, and we encourage you to explore the rest at philorch.org/blog.


    Five Questions from Beyond the Baton
    a Q&A with Yannick Nézet-Séguin

    What would you do on an unexpected night off?

    I'm still trying to get a real night off to go and see a show on Broadway. I have never seen a Broadway musical, and I would really like to have that experience.

    Do you have a favorite movie?

    The greatest movie I've ever seen, and my favorite, is Dancer in the Dark by Lars von Treir, starring Björk.

    Have you ever injured yourself conducting?

    I wasn't conducting yet but was just waiting to go out to the podium for a rehearsal of the Orchestre Métropolitain. I was holding my baton upright and I moved my arm suddenly and the baton jerked upward and went inside my nostril! My nose started bleeding and I was so embarrassed!

    If a movie was made of your life, who would you want to play you? 

    A young Michael J. Fox 

    Who are your favorite writers? 

    Oscar Wilde and Rabindranath Tagore, the Nobel Prize–winning poet and philosopher. His writing is very beautiful and I feel when reading it both a passion and an acceptance of the world.


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    Photo of Yannick Nézet-Séguin by Jessica Griffin.

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